Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

13 Oscar Records That Could Be Shattered This Sunday

Damien Chazelle, Ryan Gosling and Lin-Manuel Miranda are among the folks who could make history on Sunday Source: 13 Oscar Records That Could Be Shattered This Sunday

02/25/2017 · 7 Comments

I’m an Arab actor who’s been asked to audition for the role of terrorist more than 30 times. If La La Land cleans up at the Oscars, I’m done | The Independent

I’ve worked as a professional performer in the UK since the age of 12 – and my Arab heritage has pitted me against some pretty awful racial profiling in the … Continue reading

02/25/2017 · 2 Comments

The Essential John Ford Films. – If It Happened Yesterday, It’s History

Hollywood film director John Ford was born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on February 1st 1894 and died on August 31st 1973, at the age of 79. He is best remembered … Continue reading

02/24/2017 · 3 Comments

On 75th of ‘Casablanca,’ the ‘Delightful’ New History ‘We’ll Always Have Casablanca’ Tells All – Tablet Magazine

One day on the set of Casablanca, Peter Lorre persuaded a few soundmen to rig up a wire in the room where director Michael Curtiz, much like Claude Rains’ Capt. … Continue reading

02/22/2017 · 3 Comments

The Opera of Paris:  We Also Procure Our Ballerinas to Wealthy Men | Victorian Paris

The title of this post is not an exaggeration, although the Opera directors would have preferred a more subtle one or, ideally, a complete silence on the subject.  The Béraud’s … Continue reading

02/21/2017 · 2 Comments

‘One of the fathers of American film criticism’: Time critic Richard Schickel dies at 84 – LA Times

Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America’s most important film critics in an era when cinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died … Continue reading

02/20/2017 · 4 Comments

Did You Know…? Peg Woffington and David Garrick | Rogues & Vagabonds

Did you know that the Irish actress Peg Woffington [c 1718 to 1760] was once the mistress of David Garrick [1717 to 1779] and that they lived together in London at No … Continue reading

02/20/2017 · Leave a comment

In the (not so bleak) mid-winter – Friends of the Leas Pavilion

After our Christmas break, we’re back with a short update… The Pavilion is still having regular inspections and we are pleased to say that most of the urgent works have … Continue reading

02/19/2017 · 2 Comments

THE BURNLEY EMPIRE THEATRE | Beauty Bellezza Beauté

The Empire Theatre in Burnley, UK. The Empire Theatre in Burnley opened in 1894 with seats for 1,935 and hosted acts from around the world. Photos (1 to 6): Mark … Continue reading

02/18/2017 · 4 Comments

Mel Brooks: ‘Donald Trump doesn’t scare me. He’s a song-and-dance man’ | Film | The Guardian

One of America’s great comics for the past 60 years, the maker of films Blazing Saddles and The Producers talks about why he can’t take the president seriously – and … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 5 Comments

Samuel French bookshop to close after 187 years | Carousel, News | The Stage

Publisher and theatrical licensing company Samuel French is to close its London bookshop after 187 years in the capital, with management blaming an “unsust… Source: Samuel French bookshop to close … Continue reading

02/17/2017 · 8 Comments

Buster Keaton and the Important Things in Life – Silver Screenings

There is a scene in the 1928 comedy, Steamboat Bill, Jr., that beautifully showcases the genius of its star, Buster Keaton. It’s not the scene where he clings to a flying … Continue reading

02/16/2017 · 4 Comments

20th Century Women: Annette Bening at her best | The Guardian

Annette Bening has built a career on playing women smarter and spikier than people feel entirely comfortable with – much like her character in 20th Century Women Source: 20th Century Women: … Continue reading

02/15/2017 · 4 Comments

The First Ever Film Version Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Was Made In 1903 And It’s Absolutely Enchanting.

Since its publication in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland has been unfaltering in its popularity. Considered to be one of the best examples of the literary … Continue reading

02/14/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • MICHAEL DUKE • Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme • 2003

The Trouble with Puttees Hi, Michael, thanks for agreeing to the interview, you’re on speakerphone so it might sound a bit strange. It sounds like you’re being held captive somewhere! … Continue reading

02/13/2017 · 3 Comments

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” – Art of Quotation

“Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve” — George Bernard Shaw, Irish, playwright, writer Source: “Democracy is a device that ensures we … Continue reading

02/11/2017 · 3 Comments

Did You Hear? • WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I? • 2003

They don’t prepare you for this sort of thing at drama school,’ said actor Phil Rose when he found himself having to deal with an elderly, drunken performer. Rose was … Continue reading

02/10/2017 · 7 Comments

Quote • THE PINTER TEST

‘This week I passed a personal-development landmark, because after trying once a decade for 30 years, I finally stayed awake all the way through a Harold Pinter play. I’m so … Continue reading

02/09/2017 · 7 Comments

Archive Lecture • FINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED T’BE • Theatre Royal Stratford East • 2003

Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’ Be. They certainly aren’t at the Theatre Royal Stratford East! This theatre will be 120 years old next year [2004] and a retrospective of … Continue reading

02/08/2017 · 2 Comments

Lotte Lenya by George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

Photo post. Source: George Hoyningen-Huene – Art Bacchant

02/07/2017 · 6 Comments

Archive Review • TESTING THE ECHO • OjO @ Tricycle Theatre [tour] • 2008

David Edgar’s docudrama about immigration in the UK has been compared to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys. Discounting the fact that both plays employ a kind of ‘collage’ effect, and … Continue reading

02/06/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Interview • EDWARD HALL • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • 2003

Ed Hall (he’s happy to be called Ed or Edward, ‘most people call me Ed’), props himself into one of those infamously uncomfortable folding director’s chairs at a minuscule kitchen … Continue reading

02/03/2017 · 2 Comments

Quote • EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY • Good Advice

“I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” — … Continue reading

02/01/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Obituary • MARY HAYLEY BELL • Actress & Writer • 2006

The actress and writer Mary Hayley Bell, better known as Lady Mills, died at the age of 94 on 1 December 2005. Although her last years were blighted by Alzheimer’s, … Continue reading

01/31/2017 · Leave a comment

John Hurt was a mercurial actor who excelled at playing the downtrodden | The Independent

Contemplating John Hurt’s career, it’s hard not to marvel at the sheer longevity of it and the extraordinary number of brilliant performances he gave in films of every conceivable hue. … Continue reading

01/29/2017 · 3 Comments

Quote • JOHN HURT • Listening

“If you listen, you learn; if you talk, you don’t.” – John Hurt, English, actor, painter (1940-2017) Source: In Memory: “If you listen, you learn; if you talk, you don’t.” … Continue reading

01/28/2017 · 8 Comments

Beautiful Turn of the Century Postcards by Rita Martin | FROM THE BYGONE

Rita Martin (1875-1958) started her photographic career in 1897 when she helped her elder sister Lallie Charles to run her studio. In 1906 she opened her own studio, working in … Continue reading

01/28/2017 · 3 Comments

John Hurt dead: Elephant Man, Alien and Harry Potter actor dies aged 77 – Mirror Online

The actor, whose career spanned over six decades, had battled with both cancer and an intestinal complaint in recent years. Source: John Hurt dead: Elephant Man, Alien and Harry Potter … Continue reading

01/28/2017 · 12 Comments

Archive Feature • MARLON BRANDO • Careless Genius • 2006

I commissioned this article from Kieron Barry in 2006. I don’t agree with his conclusion. What do you think? Marlon Brando is not a concept that can be contained within … Continue reading

01/27/2017 · 3 Comments

The Catford Studios – South London’s Walk-on Part in Silent Films | Running Past

Strangely in the early days of the British Film industry one of the main studios was in Catford – the former home of the Forster Family, The Hall (or Southend … Continue reading

01/26/2017 · 3 Comments